Project Ghibli #2: Panda! Go Panda! and The Rainy Day Circus

Panda! Go Panda! was Miyazaki and Takahata’s second feature-length collaboration, though this was still a number of years before the formation of Studio Ghibli. It was released in 1973, through A Productions and Tokyo Movie, with Miyazaki and Takahata’s fellow animator and mentor, Yasuo Otsuka. Original Release: 17th December 1972 (Panda! Go, Panda!) and 17th…

Rediscovery

Occasionally, I find myself a little lost. It isn’t the kind of lost where I sink into apathy and depression, but rather the kind of lost that means I have to take a breath. I become so caught up in doing – in doing a project, finishing reading a book, getting blog posts written, blasting through…

Project Ghibli #1: The Little Norse Prince

Isao Takahata’s directorial feature length debut film for Toei Company, The Little Norse Prince, was the first time that he worked with Hayao Miyazaki, and the last film they developed for Toei before leaving the studio. Miyazaki worked on scene design and as a key animator. Original Release: 21st July 1968 Director(s): Isao Takahata Producer(s):…

Project Ghibli

This is just a quick post to introduce a blogging project my husband Dan and I are going to be doing over the next few months. One of our favourite blogs, Jaysen Headley Writes, has been doing a Vault Disney project for a while and is currently doing one for Pixar, where he watches every…

The Wander Society by Keri Smith

I’ve always believed that sometimes, books come into your life at exactly the right time, in order to challenge, inspire, and offer a different perspective. The Wander Society is one such book. I’m still digesting the messages in it, and the philosophy, and intend to begin my own practice of wandering. Keri Smith isn’t the…

Adopt the Pace of Nature

There’s a lot to be said for patience. I’m like my father in that respect: neither of us has been blessed with patience, and both of us are stubborn. It’s taken me a long time to learn patience. If I expect it in others – to repeat themselves, to give me time, to wait –…

Weekend Coffee Share: Shakespeare and Wandering

Another week has slipped by, quite a busy one, so at least I have some kind of excuse for not blogging properly this week. On Thursday, my parents, sister, and I were in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace and resting place. My Mum has been a theatre captioner for a number of years, freelancing for Stagetext, and…

Weekend Coffee Share

There’s a first time for everything, right? I’ve enjoyed reading people’s Weekend Coffee Share posts for a while now, and with twenty minutes to go before the weekend is over (in the UK, anyway), I’ve decided to jump in and start writing, and sharing what I’ve been thinking about, doing, and reading. First, I have…

Every Person

Sometimes the world seems unfathomable, and you feel like a tiny speck who has no real power to change anything. Other days, a surge of positivity pushes you through everything, and you’re grateful – to be alive, to love, to do what you do. Recently, it seems that words have deserted me. Except they haven’t….

Perfume by Patrick Suskind

Perfume, as the subtitle of the book proclaims, is the story of a murderer. Specifically, the story of a murderer, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, who is obsessed with scent. I decided to read Perfume because it’s my cousin’s favourite book, and she recommended it. I found it to be a wonderful, disturbing, and beautiful novel. It feels…

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop has everything I like in a book. It has characters you can root for, an undeniably bookish theme with Jean Perdu’s wonderful book apothecary on a barge moored in the Seine, and enough depth and emotional wisdom to offset the potential twee-ness of the story. I realise that the English translation…

Purple Rain

I was born in 1984, the year that Prince released Purple Rain, and it wasn’t until I started exploring my own musical tastes as a teenager and listening to different things, that I heard When Doves Cry being sung by a wonderful singer at a band night at Chickenshed (a theatre in North London I…

The Age of Distraction

It occurred to me that the generation born today will never experience a world without the internet or instant access to the internet. It isn’t that this horrifies me – it would be hypocritical of me to be horrified of access to something that has enriched my life and led to me getting to know…

Revolutions and Politics

On Tuesday night, for International Women’s Day, I saw Caitlin Moran and Jude Kelly (the founder of Women of the World festival at the Royal Festival Hall and the Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre) talk about Caitlin’s new book, Moranifesto, feminism, and politics in general. It was a brilliant evening, not least because it…

February Reflections

This month has been one of those months where a lot has happened and progress has been made, but not necessarily in the direction that I expected. For a start, I’ve done a lot of rearranging of our working and living environment this month – because I finally replaced the old, cheap (and reliable) IKEA…